Argument leads to assaults after passers-by stop to help

A man and woman arguing in the street turned on a group of concerned passers-by who stopped to check on them, attacking one man with a knife and swinging a longboard at other people in his car.

Whitney Marie Grant, 20, no address listed, was lodged in the Jackson County Jail Monday on $250,000 bail on a second-degree assault charge. Nathan Dewayne Ramirez, 21, no address listed, was listed in the jail Monday on two counts of attempted third-degree assault. His bail was set at $20,000.

Medford police were called to a disturbance at about 8:50 p.m. Sunday at Oakdale Avenue and Sixth Street.

Investigators determined that Grant and Ramirez had been arguing in the street. A 48-year-old man driving by with another man and woman in his car stopped to see what was happening.

Ramirez reportedly confronted the group that stopped, swinging his longboard at them and their car, police said. He didn't strike anyone or anything, a news release reported.

Grant, however, pulled a knife with a 3-inch blade from her purse and attacked the 48-year-old man, cutting his hand and arms, police said.

"He had his hands out in front to defend himself," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said, adding none of the injuries was serious, and that the man did not require hospitalization. "They're actually somewhat superficial cuts."

Police said Grant and Ramirez would not tell them what their original argument involved.

"(Both) were intoxicated and uncooperative," Budreau said.

Budreau recommended that people report public altercations, but refrain from engaging apparently angry or violent individuals on their own before law enforcement arrives.

"You've got to be careful," he said. "You don't want to have yourself get injured."

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